Thursday, June 30, 2011

anthropologie giveaway

Wow - I cannot believe it is already Thursday!  Almost time for the holiday weekend.  I have decided to celebrate the "almost weekend" with a giveaway!  I will be giving away a $50 gift card to Anthropologie!  All you have to do is tell me what you are interested in reading about here (on my blog) ... fashion, food, music, photography, giveaways, etc???  You name it...I am dying to know what you all are interested in!  The winner will be selected at random and announced next Friday (July 8th) so, you have a whole week to get your entries in!  

Here are the details on how to enter:

-become a follower of my blog, if you are not one already (you MUST be a follower to win...become a follower here)
-leave me a comment letting me know you are a follower and tell me what blog topic(s) you are interested in

-you can earn EXTRA entries by:
-"liking" my facebook page here 
-tweeting about this giveaway @belovelynow
-blog about my giveaway and provide me a link
(be sure to let me know how many entries you have in your comment!)
-all comments must be posted by Thursday July 7th at midnight.
I will announce the winner on Friday July 8th!

good luck! :)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

patriotic pairings

Its almost independence day!  Which means it's time to heat up the grill, watch some fireworks and break out your red, white and blue!  With such great colors it is easy to be patriotic and stylish at the same time!  Here is a 4th of July inspired outfit I styled...

1. calvin klein, flare $118
2. current/elliott, the bell jeans $188
3. two of us, wreathen blouse $78
4. j. crew, kids batik bandana $7.50
5. essie, apertif $8
6. nakamol, marathon strand bracelet $68
7. longchamp, le pliage $145
8. nashelle, sentimental necklace $48
9. ray ban, original wayfarer $145

How will you be pairing your red, white and blue this weekend?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

tuesday tunes

Goodbye Monday...hello Tuesday!  Mondays are always the busiest day of my week, so today I thought I would share some tunes to celebrate the accomplishments of starting another week off right!  Enjoy...


adele, rolling in the deep
edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros, 40 day dream
the outfield, your love
broken bells, the high road
alanis morissette, you learn
train, hey soul sister
citizen cope, back together
kt tunstall, suddenly I see
matisyahu, one day
sara bareilles, king of anything

I hope you all have a lovely day!  xoxo!

Monday, June 27, 2011

summer cocktail :: frozen strawberry-basil mojitos

It's finally the time of year for refreshing poolside cocktails!  It was in the 90's here this weekend and I hit the pool with some of my very favorite people!  It was the perfect occasion to try out a new cocktail recipe.  A frozen strawberry-basil mojito...yummy!!  The basil was the perfect last minute addition to the beverage thanks to my friend Laura's garden.  I must say this drink was a hit and I can't wait to mix it up again!  Here are the tasty and refreshing details...

the goods:
1 can frozen limeade
2 cups frozen strawberries 
2 limes
fresh mint
fresh basil

mixing it all together:
toss the frozen limeade in the blender
fill the empty limeade can with rum and add in
throw in 2 cups frozen strawberries
in a separate cup...
squeeze the juice of 2 limes 
toss in fresh mint and basil and muddle it all together
add the mixture to the blender
top it all off with some ice and blend away!!!

cheers friends!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

one for one - toms eyewear

TOMS is no longer just a shoe company. TOMS is the One for One company!  One person buys and one person is helped.  The beloved shoe company is expanding...their first new endeavor....eyewear!  Continuing with their "One for One" campaign, for every pair of glasses purchased TOMS will give sight to a person in need.  They have a huge selection of super cool styles for women and men.  Want to help others and gain a pair of cute sunnies?  Check them out and shop here

Every stripe tells a story.  The hand-painted stripes symbolize the three elements of One for One.  You, the person you are helping give sight to, and TOMS, bringing the two together.

What is your favorite style?  I love the classics 201 collection!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

summer scarves

Those of you who know me know that I LOVE SCARVES!!!  For those of you who do not know me, trust me, I LOVE SCARVES!  I have a large collection of scarves (just ask my husband).  I like to think I have one for every occasion, even during the warm summer months.  When I am looking for a good summer scarf I look for bright colors and lightweight fabrics.  Here are some fun scarves to add to your summer wardrobe...

{spun by subtle luxury, cherub rose infinity scarf $48}
{anthropologie, fully striped scarf $38}
 {j. crew, printed scarf $59.50}

 {zara, floral scarf $29.90}

{michael stars, polynesian palm $54}
 {anthropologie, bordered bars scarf $98}
{lucky brand summer ikat scarf $39}

{zara, floral scarf $59.90}

{madewell, pool tile scarf $59.50}

{michael stars, brushstrokes stripe scarf $48}

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

white chili

Although this is more of a winter recipe...I think it is perfect for any season!  It is healthy, tasty and easy - yippee!  Not to mention it makes perfect leftovers.  My sweet Aunt Mary passed this recipe along to me and it has been a staple at our house ever since!  Here are the details...

4 cups cooked diced chicken – I use a pre-roasted chicken
(saves time and adds flavor!)
4 cans Great Northern Beans – drained
6 cloves garlic – roughly chopped
2 yellow onion – chopped
2 can green chilies
4 cups chicken broth
1 t chili powder
½ t cayenne
1 t cumin
1 t oregano
1 T hot sauce
1 T worcheshire
1 16 oz can diced tomatoes
salt & pepper (to taste)

Sauté garlic & onion – add other ingredients and simmer!

bon appetit!
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